CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 955 vs 2310M

Performance

Benchmark performance using all cores

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Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

Passmark (Single Core)

Power Consumption

How much power does the processor require?

TDP

Value

Performance Per Dollar

CPUBoss Score

Performance, Single-core Performance, Power Consumption and Value

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Intel Core i3 2310M 

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Differences What are the advantages of each

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Reasons to consider the
Intel Pentium 955

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Is unlocked Yes vs No Somewhat common; An unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
Significantly higher clock speed 3.46 GHz vs 2.1 GHz Around 65% higher clock speed
Much more l2 cache per core 2 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 4x more l2 cache per core
More l2 cache 4 MB vs 1 MB 4x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.4 GHz vs 2.12 GHz More than 2x better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.59 GHz vs 2.1 GHz Around 2.2x better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of Intel Core i3 2310M

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Intel Core i3 2310M

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Newer manufacturing process 32 nms vs 65 nms A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes vs No Somewhat common; Allows for maximum performance when needed, while conserving power and minimizing heat production when not needed
Significantly lower typical power consumption 28.44W vs 105.63W 3.7x lower typical power consumption
Much higher Maximum Operating Temperature 100 °C vs 68.6 °C More than 45% higher Maximum Operating Temperature
Marginally newer Feb, 2011 vs Dec, 2005 Release date over 5 years later
Better performance per watt 10.15 pt/W vs 1.81 pt/W More than 5.5x better performance per watt
Better PassMark score 2,403 vs 954 More than 2.5x better PassMark score
Slightly better PassMark (Single core) score 999 vs 818 More than 20% better PassMark (Single core) score
Significantly lower annual commercial energy cost 30.66 $/year vs 113.88 $/year 3.7x lower annual commercial energy cost
Significantly lower annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year vs 31.32 $/year 3.7x lower annual home energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Pentium 955 vs Core i3 2310M

GeekBench (32-bit)

GeekBench

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Pentium 955  vs
Core i3 2310M 
Clock speed 3.46 GHz 2.1 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core
Socket type
LGA 775
BGA 1023
Is unlocked Yes No
Is hyperthreaded Yes Yes

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing No No
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction-set-extensions
MMX
SSE
SSE4.2
AVX
SSE3
SSE2
Supplemental SSE3
SSE4.1
Supports dynamic frequency scaling No Yes

gpu

GPU None GPU
Label N/A Intel® HD Graphics 3000
Number of displays supported N/A 2
GPU clock speed N/A 650 MHz
Turbo clock speed N/A 1,100 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Supports ECC No No

details

Pentium 955  vs
Core i3 2310M 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 4 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 2 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 65 nms 32 nms
Max CPUs 1 1
Clock multiplier 13 21
Operating temperature Unknown - 68.6°C Unknown - 100°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 4.4 GHz 2.12 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.59 GHz 2.1 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.4 GHz 2.12 GHz

power consumption

TDP 130W 35W
Annual home energy cost 31.32 $/year 8.43 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 113.88 $/year 30.66 $/year
Performance per watt 1.81 pt/W 10.15 pt/W
Typical power consumption 105.63W 28.44W

bus

Architecture FSB DMI
Number of links 1 1
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